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Center for Hope Outreach Celebrates Black History Month

Friday, February 9th, 2018
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African-American historian, Carter G. Woodson is credited with founding the Association for the study of Negro life and History. ¬†In 1926, the group declared the second week in February as “Negro History Week” the precursor to what we celebrate today as Black History Month.

As the Center or Hope distributes thousands of food supplies to families across McLean County, we thought it a good idea to look at a few of the contributions that African-Americans have made in the food industry.  Please join us in celebrating these groundbreaking inventors, developers, creators, and cooks and their outstanding accomplishments.

Alfred L. Cralle: Invented the single-hand non-stick ice-cream scoop.

Willis Johnson:  Patented a modern and improved egg-beater.

Alexander P. Ashbone: Invented the spring loaded biscuit and cake cutter.

Norbert Rillieux:  Developed a method for refining sugar into crystallized granules.

George Washington Carver: Scientist who developed hundreds of products from peanuts, sweet potatoes, pecans and soybeans, thus boosting the U.S. agriculture industry and improving health of farmers.

George Crum:¬†Invented the potato chip in the mid 1800’s.

Emmett Chapelle: helped create a safe food supply for astronauts. Also developed techniques for detecting bacteria in food and drinking water.

Thomas Elkins: Patented the metal cooling coils used in refrigeration systems, enabling food items to cool far below room temperature thus preserving them longer

Joseph Lee: Created a dough mixing and kneading machine in 1894 and a bread crumb maker the following year.

John Standard: Created a design that could be used to keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold on mobile food buffets.

Frederick McKinley: Designed a portable air cooling system used in trucks carrying perishable foods.

Abby Fisher: Credited for publishing the recipe for Chicken and Waffles.

Lloyed Hall: A chemist who improve food preservation including the use of antioxidants to prevent food spoilage.

James Hemings: Traveled to France with then Ambassador Thomas Jefferson.  Helped to introduce America to French cuisine.

Reginald Lewis: First African American to build a billion dollar company; Beatrice International Foods, later named TLC Beatrice International.